Our cars: Skoda Octavia, Renault Captur and Hyundai Santa Fe

The Skoda Octavia proves the perfect companion on a Belgian trip, while the Santa Fe's time with us is at an end and the Captur reminds us of its talents

Every day we shine the light on a selection of cars on our long-term test fleet, and today it is the turn of the Skoda Octavia, the Renault Captur and the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Last week’s report was about how good my Octavia was at taking two people and luggage for four to Belgium; this week’s focuses on how it fared as a taxi during those few days away.

There was loads of space for the four of us, and my two friends in the back were particularly impressed with the amount of legroom they had.

It didn’t take long for some issues to surface, though. There was the odd comment from the rear seats about ride comfort and the amount of road noise, and, like my pal up front, they’d have liked an armrest in the middle (front and rear armrests are optional on my SE-spec Octavia).

Still, all was forgotten once the fuel economy for the trip was calculated. The Octavia had done 560 miles (there was still about a fifth of a tank of diesel left) and averaged 62.6mpg. True, I was driving in ‘holiday mode’, so a bit slower than usual, but the car was often carrying two or more people during that time, plus it did a fair few miles in town. Either way, that’s a superb result for such a large car with a 2.0-litre engine.

Would I recommend the Octavia as holiday transport, then? Certainly. It’s spacious, economical and effortless to drive, which more than makes up for the slight comfort and refinement shortcomings.

By Barnaby Jones

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